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Chronicles of Primordial Wars

Chapter 7 - Peculiar Fish

Translated by Lesyt Team: Sunyancai
Edited by Ilesyt


Shao Xuan used that black sphere-half as a float, and tied a stone worm at the end of a straw leash, since there was no fishhook and he could not find any stone hook in replacement. If only there were predatory fish inside the water that were interested in stone worms!

In his last life, Shao Xuan used to fish with earthworms, and since he had not met any earthworms in this life, he tried using stone worms instead. People in the tribe often said that creatures in that river were pretty ferocious and tough, so perhaps they wouldn't mind the rough bait. Not to mention that Shao Xuan did not intend to catch a fish without a hook. He was only testing this method, and if see if there’s something in the water that would eat stone worms, then he could make a proper stone hook tomorrow.

The stone worm was found by Caesar and temporarily tied to the end of a straw leash. It might escape after resisting some time in the water, but Shao Xuan could only try since he did not have enough tools. If it fails, then he would ask Caesar to find another stone worm.

The black sphere-half, which served as a hook, was tied on the straw leash and was about half a meter away from the stone worm, and Shao Xuan did not plan to do his testing in deep waters. Standing at the shoal, Shao Xuan tossed out the bait and the black sphere-half. Bearing the weight of the straw leash and the stone worm, the black sphere-half sank down a little, but still floated above the water. This way Shao Xuan could know  what might happen under the surface based on his observation of the float.

The straw leash he had with him was only less than five meters long, so Shao Xuan was very close to where he threw the stone worm to. Standing by the water, Shao Xuan paid extra attention not to step into the water, so he could be able to quickly run away if any danger arises, just in case something unexpected might happen. There were warriors guarding the water, so he mapped out his escape route towards them.

As Shao Xuan did all his preparation, those two warriors guarding the riverside were rather curious towards Shao Xuan’s mysterious objects. At first they assumed that the kid must have wanted to jump in the river, so they were prepared to pull him out and toss him back to his cave. But Shao Xuan’s strange behavior shocked both of them. So they kept staring towards Shao Xuan without approaching him after they exchanged knowing glances with each other.

“Caesar, you pull the leash when I give you the signal, okay?”

Shao Xuan put the other end of the leash in Caesar’s mouth, and held the middle part himself.

Some time passed but it was still quiet. Shao Xuan thought that unless there were no fish near the bank, then were none of these fishes interested in stone worms?

Before he could finish his thoughts, the black sphere-half suddenly sank.

Something is biting!

The leash in Shao Xuan’s hand slipped quickly and he felt a burning pain because of the rope's friction. At that moment he grasped the leash tightly and shouted at Caesar for help, “Pull, Caesar!”

Though it all happened in a second, Shao Xuan still felt that the strength under water was far more than he could bear, and that was the reason why he asked Caesar for help. He was eager to see what exactly was biting below the surface.

Caesar bit hard on the straw leash and pulled backwards. He had quite some experience in pulling, and he had pulled both people and leash.

The two warriors observing from afar became tense, for they had never been in the water, and the most dangerous thing they had done at the river was to stand at the very end and use its water to clean their animal skins. In summertime, they’ve witnessed a giant water monster appear from the center of the river, and they’ve also heard a lot of horror stories about the river, passed down from former generations. So, everyone had been keeping a cautious and dreadful attitude towards that river. Seeing that Shao Xuan was pulling something out from the river, they became extremely tense and feared that some giant creature might appear.

“Shall we go down there?” A warrior nudged his companion with his elbow.

“Eh…Let’s…Let’s go and have a look…” The other warrior hesitated for a while, but still gave a positive answer as if he thought about something.

Wind was blowing above the water to the land, with moisture and a fishy smell in the air. It may be the smell of water or the creature beneath it, but it made the two warriors even more nervous.

Shao Xuan felt something was pulling him in the water, and it tried very hard to drag Shao Xuan into the river, while Shao Xuan and Caesar tried to drag it out. Eventually Shao Xuan was slightly better in strength. Step by step, he had almost dragged the thing out of the water.

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The thing biting the bait showed its figure, and the surface splashed due to its fierce struggle.

Shao Xuan held the leash tightly, and just when he was staring at the surface attentively, suddenly there was an image in the distance flashing in his eyes, that thing had a big mouth with numerous tiny sharp teeth and was biting towards Shao Xuan! Its mouth was so big that it could swallow Shao Xuan’s head.

But just as the image got near, it disappeared out of the blue.

The flash was too quick and it vanished before Shao Xuan could even react.

He shook  his head, thinking that perhaps it was an illusion because he was too nervous.

When the two warriors arrived at Shao Xuan’s side, the odd thing in the water had revealed its full view. 

That was a fish with a peculiar appearance… Its head was two thirds of its body, and it was totally about half a meter in length. When it got dragged out of the water, it still bit the straw leash hard, with no intention of letting it go.

“Don’t stop, and just keep pulling!” Seeing that the warriors were stunned and stood still with no tendency of helping, Shao Xuan told Caesar to continue pulling.

That was his first time pulling up a fish. Aside from the surprise and vigilance for seeing an unknown object for the first time, Caesar quickly came back to his scenes and obeyed Shao Xuan’s command.

Shao Xuan stopped pulling after some time when he was certain that the fish could not jump back into the water.

“Finally! Good boy, Caesar! …Caesar, let go!...Where are you taking that fish to?”

Caesar was still pulling the straw leash in his mouth, as he growled in a low voice through his throat.

Obviously the fish made him vigilant, so he had some intention to fight it. He was pulling so devotedly that he continued his act and totally ignored the fact that Shao Xuan had released the leash already.

Caesar reluctantly let go at Shao Xuan’s repeated urging, and carefully approached the flapping fish, showing his teeth as if he was about to bite it.

It was only a few steps from where Shao Xuan was standing to the place the stone worm was dropped. So estimatedly the water could not drown a person. Unexpectedly, such a fierce fish found its habitat at such shallow waters.

It had a giant mouth filled with numerous tiny sharp teeth. Also it was so very persistent that it bit hard on the bait and never let go, as if it was trying to tear it apart. It still continued to flapped its body and tail even though it was pulled out of the water.

One of the warriors used his stone or bone spear to pierce the fish. He was very quick and strong, so his spear went through the fish and nailed it to the ground.

After the fish was pierced with the spear, only then it opened its mouth and let go of the leash. It opened and closed its mouth constantly and tried to move its head, as if it were trying to bite something else.

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After the straw leash was released, there were only pieces of the stone worm left, and the straw leash was almost gnawed apart.

Shao Xuan made  the straw leash with his own hands, so he knew that the straw leash was very tough and abrasion-resistant. He often used it to pull or bundle things but it was never broken. Surprisingly, it only took such a short while for the fish to break it.

When his eyes fell upon the giant open mouth of that peculiar fish, Shao Xuan was stunned.

The giant mouth was the most noticeable thing among its head, and one could see numerous tiny sharp fangs in it. The fish was born to bite and kill since it possessed a mouthful of teeth in such a scale. If it weren’t for Caesar’s help, Shao Xuan would never have been able to pull it to the shore with his own strength.

If there were many fish of this kind in shallow water, a person could be eaten to his bones if he slipped and fell into the river. It was only one of the many fishes in that river, perhaps more dreadful creatures were also living in this river. No wonders even totem warriors in the tribe were reluctant to go into the river.

Shao Xuan couldn’t help but shudder with the thought that some kids in the tribe might slip into the water by mistake.

Also, the sudden image that flashed in his eyes when he pulled the leash seemed to be that of a giant mouth with tiny sharp teeth…

Shao Xuan stared at the giant mouth and he thought about the images he saw on the stone wall in that remote village during the last few minutes of his former life.

The warriors saw Shao Xuan staring at the fish and thought that he probably was too scared to go near the ferocious creature.

This was Shao Xuan’s first time seeing a fish like that, but one of the warriors had actually seen it before.

“When my totem power had not awakened, I came to the riverbank with my father and we met such a creature. The Shaman said that it’s called ‘Fish’. The water is filled with dangerous creatures. In our tribe, some woman’s arm got ripped off when she was washing animal skins. My father stabbed one to death at that time.”

The warrior glanced at Shao Xuan as he spoke, he did not think that a kid like Shao Xuan could pull out such a dangerous fish without even getting into the water. During old times, his father risked his life to go into the waters and save that woman from being eaten alive. Sadly, she still lost her arm by the time she was rescued. For a long time after that accident, women in the tribe would never come to the riverside to wash animal skins. They would only come here if they had no other alternative, when the weather was too dry and the stream in the hills became too narrow for people to drain water.

When Shao Xuan came back to himself, the fish was already dead.

The warrior pulled out his spear and took the fish down. He handed the fish over to Shao Xuan, by lifting its tail.

“Here, this is your prey. Good for you! You will grow into a fine warrior!” The warrior added after thinking, “But in the future you should not go near to the river, because aside from fish, there are other stuff inside, and you can’t be lucky every time.”

However, about half an hour later, Shao Xuan, who 'can’t be lucky every time', pulled out an even bigger fish with the same method.

The two warriors were speechless, “…”

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